June 17, 2008

Sambit Bal

Outside edge

Sambit Bal

Professional journalists are sometimes a little envious of the unconditional freedom enjoyed by self-published literary crusaders on the Internet, but the truth is, only the good and credible get read. One of the wonderful things about wandering online is discovering new writers and new ideas: original, startling, delightful, provocative, and sometimes all of those together.

Different Strokes is a modest attempt at finding some of these voices and bringing them to you. None of the contributors here are professional cricket writers. And it is an advantage. They carry none of the cynicism that familiarity can breed, nor are they inured to the foibles of the game. Distance can bring wonder, as it can bring perspective. We don’t expect their views to always match ours, but we do expect their voices to enhance our offering to you.

A couple of our contributors are teachers, one is an amateur cricketer, and another is a database consultant. More are expected to join them soon. We’d like to regard them as enlightened lovers of the game we all cherish. Sambit Bal is Editor, Cricinfo

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Ska on (September 23, 2008, 15:41 GMT)

How do you pick the writers? I'm interested in writing .. do I have to be as qualified as them or having average cricketing knowledge and all issues surrounding it qualification enough?

Posted by Apurva on (July 23, 2008, 0:40 GMT)

Azad, I'm sure that Sambit wasn't referring to the war between Christians & Muslims when he used the word "Crusaders". That word does have a more general meaning in the 21st century. Anyways, if you think that the events surrounding Sreesanth are nearly as disturbing and newsworthy as the ones surrounding Asif (and there have been more bad news since you posted your comment), then you are really losing it. I'm assuming you are from Pakistan and I'm wondering why you guys are so obsessed with everything Indian? Why don't you worry about the Asifs & Akhtars and not think about the Sreesanths and Harbhajans? You guys have a similar inferiority complex to the one that African-Americans have.....only, you guys have it worse. Stop blaming others for the bad things that happen to you.

Posted by Prabhakar on (June 19, 2008, 17:11 GMT)

Great job Sambit. I always admire you for the kind of novelty you keep adding to the site.

Posted by Azad Ahmad on (June 19, 2008, 10:52 GMT)

Crusaders hmmmm....At least think a little before you use infuriating words like these.What with editing of your website already reaching abysmally low standards, with Asif news on the Home page for days and days and Sreesanth antics not even deserving a little mention. I should not be surprised an iota if you don't allow this comment either.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sambit Bal
Editor-in-chief Sambit Bal took to journalism at the age of 19 after realising that he wasn't fit for anything else, and to cricket journalism 14 years later when it dawned on him that it provided the perfect excuse to watch cricket in the office. Among other things he has bowled legspin, occasionally landing the ball in front of the batsman; laid out the comics page of a newspaper; covered crime, urban development and politics; and edited Gentleman, a monthly features magazine. He joined Wisden in 2001 and edited Wisden Asia Cricket and Cricinfo Magazine. He still spends his spare time watching cricket.

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